Empty Stocking Fund surpasses last year’s total

Freedom New Mexico As of noon Friday, the Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort between Freedom New Mexico and the Salvation Army to feed and clothe the needy, had collected almost $900 more than last season’s drive. Officials said donations thus far total $8,998. Last year donations to the fund totaled $8,100.

Empty stocking fund still short of goal

The Empty Stocking Fund, a joint effort of the Salvation Army and Freedom New Mexico, had raised $7,558 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Salvation Army board of directors member Lynn Berry. The total last year was $8,100. To meet last year’s total, the fund must raise $542 by the time the mail is delivered […]

Salvation Army receives more gold, silver coins

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Maj. Tammy Ray of the Clovis Salvation Army proudly displays the gold and silvers coins that someone deposited Friday in one of its kettles. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer During her daily six-hour post at Walgreen’s, Cindy Mendoza makes sure to say hello, goodbye and “Merry Christmas” to everyone […]

Salvation Army receives golden donation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maj. Tammy Ray said she enjoys finding unusual things in the Salvation Army kettles. Wednesday, someone dropped $2,400 worth of gold coins into their kettle at Wal-Mart. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Salvation Army got a shiny and valuable surprise in one of their kettles Wednesday. Two […]

Clovis Salvation Army doing without credit card machines

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Salvation Army ringers across the country are being armed with a bell, a kettle, sometimes a Santa hat and now a mobile credit card machine. Clovis Salvation Army Maj. Tammy Ray said New Mexico’s fickle weather is causing trouble for Clovis’ ringers as far as adding the machine to […]

Salvation Army hit hard by gas leak

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis’ Salvation Army, located at Gidding and Second streets, has been working around major construction due to a gas leak for the past 3 1/2 weeks. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The staff at Clovis’ Salvation Army knew this summer was going to be tough. Goodwill moved in to […]

Gas leak shuts down Salvation Army building

The Salvation Army of Clovis, 317 E. 2nd Street, is hoping to re-open operations in its family services building today after a week of closure due to a nearby gas leak. On Thursday, June 25, New Mexico Gas Company notified the volunteer organization of the leak, which closed family services and, temporarily, the Salvation Army’s […]

Donations to Salvation Army programs increase

By Jenna DeWitt: CNJ staff writer Despite economic hard times, Clovis and Portales still gave generously to the Salvation Army’s three holiday programs, Red Kettles, Angel Tree and The Empty Stocking Fund. Monetary donations were up 16 percent, according to Salvation Army figures. The biggest increase was in kettle collections, which helped offset a 27-percent […]

Participation in Empty Stocking program increases

CNJ staff As the holidays approach, many local families are experiencing financial crisis this year, according to Salvation Army Capt. Tammy Ray. Friday the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune will launch their annual Empty Stocking program in partnership with The Salvation Army. Every day until Christmas, a local family in need of assistance for […]

Resolve to better ourselves is free

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist When I came to America I was 17. Once I turned 18 I ran away from my family. My father was a brute, and in America I didn’t have to accept him as my lord and master past age 18. Of course, I had nothing at all to […]